Cher

Actress, Singer
An Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning American pop culture institution, Cher's one-of-a-kind persona made her an inspiration for the working-class woman and a gay icon frequently imitated on the drag ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1946 in El Centro, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear Mom, Love Cher 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Voice 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2000 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Janet the Lioness (Voice)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

Tess (Actor)

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Stuck on You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher: The Farewell Tour 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock to Erase MS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Dance Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Animal Crusaders 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXIII 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tea With Mussolini 1999 (Movie)

Elsa (Actor)

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brit Awards '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The RuPaul Show 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Margaret O'Donnell (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tina Turner: Going Home 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Cher's Video Canteen 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher... At the Mirage 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Mermaids 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Flax (Actor)

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 MTV Video Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (04/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

Loretta Castorini (Actor)

Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

Kathleen Riley (Actor)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

Alexandra Medford (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mask 1985 (Movie)

Rusty Dennis (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (05/29/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher -- A Celebration at Caesar's Palace 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Dolly Pelliker (Actor)

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher and Other Fantasies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher... Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny and Cher Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Handle a Woman 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Nine Months Are the Hardest 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Chastity 1969 (Movie)

Chastity (Actor)

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor
Music (15)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Welcome To Burlesque") (Song Performer)

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

("Just Like Jesse James") (Song Performer)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

("(This Is) A Song For The Lonely") (Song Performer)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("A Cowboy's Work is Never Done") (Song Performer)

Tea With Mussolini 1999 (Movie)

("Smoke Gets in Your Eyes") (Song Performer)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

("Trail of Broken Hearts") (Song Performer)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song Performer)

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

("After All (Love theme to Chances Are)") (Song Performer)

Buster 1988 (Movie)

("I Got You Babe") (Song Performer)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

("The Beat Goes On") (Song Performer)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

("Bad Love") (Song Performer)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Die Kleine Welt 1976 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Alfie 1965 (Movie)

title song performer("Alfie") (Song Performer)

Soldier's Girl (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

An Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning American pop culture institution, Cher's one-of-a-kind persona made her an inspiration for the working-class woman and a gay icon frequently imitated on the drag runway. From her beginnings in pop music and ultimate title of one of its top-selling female artists of all time, exotic-looking Cher was known for outrageous costumes and her aching, powerful contralto. But her eventual acting success in films like "Silkwood" (1983), "Mask" (1985), "Moonstruck" (1987) and "Mermaids" (1990) revealed a strong connection to the emotional lives of unstable, overwhelmed, reluctant adults. Her four decade-long career was more of a rollercoaster than most in that league, but the comeback queen always emerged on top with her peculiar ability to parlay the conflicted inner life of a shy loner into a headdress-wearing diva strutting and singing for crowds of thousands.

Relationships

Elijah Allman Music

Son
Born July 10, 1976; father, Greg Allman; played with band Deadsy

Gregg Allman Actor

Husband
Married June 30, 1975 Separated in 1977 Divorced Jan. 16, 1979

Warren Beatty Actor

Companion
Had a brief relationship in the 1960s when Cher was a teenager

Chaz Bono Actor

Son
Born Chastity Bono on March 4, 1969; father, Sonny Bono; appeared with her parents on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS) Wrote the book Family Outing (1998) about coming out as a lesbian in 1995 Underwent female-to-male gender transition in 2008

Sonny Bono Actor

Husband
Met on a double date 1962 Married Oct. 27, 1964 Released first album Look At Us in 1965 Co-starred on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS) from 1971-74 Divorced June 26, 1975 Bono died in a skiing accident on Jan. 5, 1998; Cher spoke at his funeral

Rob Camilletti

Companion
Met on Cher's 40th birthday Lived together from 1987-89 No longer together

Tom Cruise Actor

Companion
Briefly dated circa 1985

Les Dudek Actor

Companion
Worked together in the hard-rock band Black Rose

David Geffen Actor

Companion
Began relationship in 1972; announced plans to marry Cher ended relationship in 1974

Georgia Holt

Mother
Born Jackie Jean Crouch; Cherokee Was married six times Wrote Star Mothers (1988)

Mark Hudson

Companion

Val Kilmer Actor

Companion
Met at a party thrown by Meryl Streep Dated briefly in the 1980s; 13-year age gap No longer together

Georganne LaPiere Actor

Half-Sister
Born Sept. 7, 1951; married Cher's head of security Ed Bartylak Acted together in HBO's "If These Walls Could Talk" (1996)

David Paich Actor

Companion
No longer together

Gilbert Piere

Father
Mother's fifth husband (married in 1961) Adopted Cher and her sister

Elvis Presley Song Performer

Companion
Cher revealed they had a fling in the mid 1970s while they were performing in Las Vegas, NV In February 2008, she said on "Good Morning America" (ABC) that she regretted turning down Presley

Richie Sambora Song Performer

Companion
Began dating in 1989 Ended relationship in 1990

John Sarkisian

Father
Armenian; abandoned family when Cher was a few months old

Gene Simmons Song Performer

Companion
Dated and lived together for several years in the late 1970s No longer together

John Southall

Step-Father
Married Cher's mother in the early 1950s Father of Cher's half-sister Georganne

Lee Tergesen Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2006

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Jeff Corey

Fresno High School

Fresno , California
Left school at age 16

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque")

2010

Played a club's proprietor and headliner in "Burlesque"

2008

Returned to performing at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace, in the show titled "Cher at the Colosseum"

2003

Earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Love One Another"

2003

Had a cameo apperance in the Farrelly brothers comedy "Stuck on You"

2002

Traveled with her "Living Proof: The Farewell Tour"; aired on NBC in 2003; and later in 2003 released the album Live: The Farewell Tour

1999

Returned to films in the ensemble of Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea With Mussolini"

1998

Published her first memoir, The First Time

1998

Paid tribute to Bono in the CBS special "Sonny and Me: Cher Remembers"; executive produced

1998

Released her 23rd studio album, Believe; the title song became the biggest hit of Cher's entire career

1996

Returned to the big screen in the disappointing "Faithful"

1996

Made directing debut with a segment of HBO's "If These Walls Could Talk"; also starred in the segment she directed; earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1994

Collaborated with MTV's cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" for a rock version of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe"

1991

First exercise video released, "CherFitness: A New Attitude"

1990

Last film for six years, "Mermaids"

1989

Released the album Heart of Stone, with the hit single "If I Could Turn Back Time"

1987

Won an Academy Award playing a frumpy bookkeeper in Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck"

1987

Teamed with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer for "The Witches of Eastwick"

1987

Returned to her recording career with the album Cher

1985

Played the mother of a severely disfigured boy (Eric Stoltz) in Peter Bogdanovich's "Mask"

1985

Formed film production company, Isis

1983

Played Meryl Streep's lesbian friend in Mike Nichols' "Silkwood"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1982

Reprised role of Cissy in movie version of "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

1981

Off-Broadway acting debut in "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

1976

After their divorce, re-teamed with Bono for "The Sonny and Cher Show" (CBS)

1975

Had solo TV series, "Cher" (CBS)

1970

Appeared on TV in "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS)

1968

Debuted the Sonny and Cher nightclub act

1968

Acted the title role in "Chastity"; written by Sonny Bono

1967

Played herself in William Friedkin's "Good Times"

1965

Film acting debut in "Wild on the Beach"

1965

Changed name to 'Sonny and Cher'; reached Top Ten with the singles "Baby Don't Go" and "I Got You Babe"

1964

Began performing with Bono as 'Caesar and Cleo'

1964

Recorded first song, "Ringo, I Love You," under the pseudonym of Bonnie Jo Mason; produced by Phil Spector

1963

Worked as background vocalist for Spector recordings (of the Ronettes and the Crystals)

1962

Ran away from home at age 16 and met Sonny Bono, who was working for record producer Phil Spector

1950

Placed in a Catholic home until mother could save enough money to support her

1946

Father abandoned family when Cher was a few months old

Bonus Trivia

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Among the industry women named after Cher are actress Cher Bennett, make-up artist Cher Slater, publicist Cher Patric Cox, set dresser Cher Lafreniere, stuntwoman Cher Meier, production designer Cher Ledwith and production assistant Cher Jung.

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"I'm insecure about everything, because I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like." - Cher quoted in Cosmopolitan magazine, November 1990

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"When we design the costumes for her, it has nothing to do with fashion. It has nothing to do with anything but the fact that we are attempting to present to the world this... creature in her own right" - Bob Mackie quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, November 1990

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On her "Infomercial Diva" phase: "My friend Laurie [her hairdresser since 'Mask'] wanted to have a business like Vidal Sassoon. I didn't know it would be seen that often. There weren't that many infomercials then. It's like serial killers - there used to be only a few." - Cher quoted in the Daily News, June 12, 1996

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"Yeah. I absolutely care about it [aging] because in our society there's a penalty for getting older. If our society embraced everybody, young and old, then you wouldn't think about it for a second. But our society embraces the young, so when you start to get old, it's like, 'Am I worthless? What's happened to me?' I still feel pretty kick-ass. I'm pretty vital. I have my truck and my motorcycle." - Cher to People magazine, July 1, 1996

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"The other day, my son Elijah shaved his eyebrows off and dyed the front part of his hair black. I said, 'You know, Elijah, that looks ridiculous. It's so unattractive.' He looked at me and said, 'I don't want to hear this from you. Do you realize how stupid this sounds coming from you?'"My sister said, 'Well, he's got you there.' And then my mother said, 'Yeah, he's got you there." - Cher to the Daily News, Sept. 22, 1996

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About her worst experience on a movie set: "I guess Peter Bogdanovich [director of 'Mask'] was the worst. At the time, I was so unsure of myself, and he wasn't very nice. One day he said, 'Just remember, this movie isn't about the woman, it's about a boy. I can cut you out.' I thought, 'I'm going to take that information and just stash it, and get real, real tough.' And I did." - Cher in Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 19, 1996

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"If I'd been fucked by my husband as much as I was fucked by Warner Bros., I'd still be married." - Cher quoted in Premiere magazine, October 2002

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"If I'd had as much plastic surgery as people say, there would be another whole person left over! I could send her out to work her butt off onstage every night." - Cher Us Weekly Nov. 4, 2002

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"When I was 16 years old, I f*cked Warren Beatty. Just like that. I did it because my girlfriends were so crazy about him and so was my mother." - Cher quoted to Playboy magazine, December 1988

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In June 2008, it was confirmed by publicist, Howard Bragman, that Cher’s daughter, Chasity Bono is in the early stages of changing her gender – transitioning from female to male.

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